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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Jun 14, 2007 6:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Key to the sound

"You can't "blame" Keith if you don't like the Dead-Lite from 1976--1977. That's Jerry's decision. And that's an extension of the cocaine infused jazz vibe."

Could you enlarge on this (I ask out of ignorance, not by way of challenging you)? Listening to the Cow Palace 76 Playin' made me realize how much the difference in the sound of 76/77 vs. 72-74 Playin's comes from Keith's more rudimentary comping in 76/77, while in 72-74 he's a fully additional complexifying line in the improvisations. I'd always assumed he was getting bored and/or doped, and so couldn't be bothered to contribute thoughtful material. But is there reason to believe that this was a deliberate decision to simplify the band's sound?